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Steering Issues Reported in 2012 Ford Focus

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

A watchdog group is pressing for an investigation into the 2012 Ford Focus, noting an unusually high number of complaints in which drivers cited steering issues.

About the Ford Focus Safety Report

According to ABC News, analysts working with the Top 15 auto safety watch list claim that an alarming number steering complaints made in connection with the 2012 Ford Focus warrants further investigation.

The report noted 45 reports involving injury. Ford did not address questions raised about possible steering issues in the Ford Focus, but did state that customer safety is taken very seriously.

The Safety Institute noted that there is no certainty that a defect exists; it has urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to take steps to investigate the complaints.

Report Comes Amid Vehicle Recall Concerns

The Safety Institute’s report comes on the heels of investigations into both NHTSA and General Motors in connection to the delayed recall for 2.6 million vehicles equipped with faulty ignition switches.

Reports later indicated that the switches could shift from the “run” position to the “off” or “accessory” position, cutting engine power. This would result in the loss of antilock brakes, power steering, and airbag functionality.

GM has acknowledged that at least 13 people have died due to the defective switches, but other groups estimate the death toll to be much higher.

GM is currently working with U.S. attorney Ken Feinberg to open a victims’ compensation fund to compensate those who were seriously injured or lost loved one due to the defective switches.


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